Most underrated in the New York area
Sliders and Jersey Burger, White Rose Diner
(Linden, New Jersey)
Sliders are a New Jersey favorite, and Motz says no one does them better than this out-of-the-way slider mecca, an unassuming, stainless steel siding-clad joint plopped near a bunch of grimy auto-body shops. The sliders here are made on a flattop placed directly in front of the vintage counter, so customers see, smell, and salivate over them as they're griddle-steamed. They're made with American cheese, onions, and pickles, and they're a generous two to three ounces each – or a little larger than the original White Castle invention. Motz in particular loves how the onions are smashed into the meat. Competing for his affection, though, is the three-quarter-pound Jersey Burger, which has a fried piece of Taylor ham on top (for the uninitiated, that's a sliced bologna-type meat indigenous to the Garden State). "It's one of the most original expressions of the hamburger in America," Motz says.
$1.50 for basic slider; $4.95 for Jersey Burger
White Rose Diner
1301 East Elizabeth Avenue, Linden, NJ